September 10, 2018 10:40 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- Dozens of volleyball fans at Blooming Prairie High School's match Monday night donned pink and purple in memory of 8-year-old Emerson Harberts, who was killed in a crash on Highway 14 near Claremont Friday.
Harberts was a third grader at Blooming Prairie Elementary School, where her mom Rachel teaches first grade. Rachel, Emerson and her brother Jaxon, 12, were rear-ended by a Hummer on the busy highway as they were heading to work and school. Rachel and Jaxon were taken to Mayo Clinic Hospital Saint Marys Campus in Rochester, where they remain with significant injuries, according to a CaringBridge site set up to provide updates to family and friends. A Mayo Clinic spokesperson said Monday afternoon Rachel was listed in critical condition.
As the family's long road to recovery begins, a group of students arranged a show of support at Monday's volleyball game, filling the bleachers with Emerson's favorite colors.
"They had just contacted our school counselor who was also at the volleyball game and just said it's something they wanted to do," activities director Alison Mach said. "She was a volleyball player in our youth program and they thought that was a great way to pay respect to the family."
"It's student healing, it's student dealing, coping with the situation at hand," high school principal John Worke said.
During the game, the students passed around a hollowed-out volleyball with Emerson's name on it to collect donations for the family. A GoFundMe page has raised more than $31,000 for the Harberts family as of 10 p.m. Monday night.
While it will take time for their wounds -- both physical and mental -- to heal, Mach said she wants the family to know the community is behind them.
"Blooming Prairie is a great community. We always stand behind each other, we're very close-knit and we take care of one another," she said.
Created: September 10, 2018 10:40 PM
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